--Digital North Seminar Showcases Canadian Talent, Opportunities, and Partnerships to New York Metro Area Digital Media Executives--
New York, January 10, 2011 – The Consulate General of New York, announced today it will host “Digital North – Creative Opportunities in Canada”, a seminar and networking reception designed to strengthen ties between the digital media industry in the New York metro area and Canada on Thursday January 27th, 2011 at 6:00pm.
The one-hour seminar will highlight the differences and parallels between Canada and the United States’ digital media environment. The event will include an overview of Canadian tax incentives and government programs available to companies with international expansion plans. The reception following the seminar will provide industry executives with a platform to network and build their cross-border contacts.
“The objectives of the seminar are to create links between Canada and the United States’ industry and to create inward investment opportunities for the Canadian market”, said Karen Kennedy, Consul and Head of Investment at the Canadian Consulate, New York, “Information exchanges and networking forums like the Digital North seminar are excellent ways for U.S. and Canadian companies to interact and explore potential partnerships and opportunities.”
The program will cater to companies in the digital media industry ranging from gaming software to animation and post-production film and special effects companies. The content of the seminar will focus on industry-centric topics as well as business information relevant to the digital media industry sector. Some of the featured speakers include Richard Bendis of Innovation America, Tracey Jennings of Pricewaterhouse Coopers, Ricardo Curtis, founder and president of both House of Cool Studios and Red Rover, and Jason Altman of Longtail Studios.
“This is a targeted program,” added Kennedy, “the speakers are top-notch with a guest list of who’s-who in the New York industry.”
About The Canadian Consulate, New York
Clients of the Consulate General include many of the biggest players in fields such as business, finance, the media, and culture. The Consulate’s clients are based in this huge regional population center of 21 million people, but their influence ranges throughout the United States and often around the world.
Our primary responsibility is New York City, Eastern New York State, New Jersey and Connecticut. By way of comparison, it is interesting to note that New York State, New Jersey and Connecticut have a population of more than 30 million–roughly equivalent to that of Canada–and a gross domestic product 48 per cent greater than Canada's.
Annual trade between the three states and Canada has soared to almost U.S. $50 billion. That is up almost 300 per cent over a 12-year period and would, if this region were a country, be enough to make it Canada's second-largest trading partner.
Along with the Canadian Embassy in Washington and 10 other consulates in major U.S. centers, we handle Canada's political, economic, cultural and immigration interests as our main lines of business.
Common interests, shared values and the world's longest non-militarized borders characterize life in our shared continent.
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